Zaha Hadid, the champion of contemporary design art
Zaha Hadid was the grande dame of architecture – her name alone is a statement. She gained international prominence not only because she was the first-ever woman to be awarded the world's most notable architecture prize, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She also left her grand architectural mark on the world – and in Austria as well where she taught for 15 years at the Vienna University of Applied Arts. The Bergisel Ski Jump and the Hungerburgbahn funicular in Innsbruck as well as the Learning Centre of the Vienna University of Economics originate from her pen. With ARGOS, another chapter of Zaha Hadid’s Austrian history is being written – probably the last, due to her tragic death in the spring of 2016. Her intellectual work comes to life through the realisation of her plans, and the project creates an eternal architectural monument to the great designer in the heart of downtown Graz.